Friday, May 24, 2013

Decorate Your Interiors With The Color Coral

Coral was one of fashion's trend colors for 2012.  Coral has a great blend of femininity and edginess that works in any girl’s wardrobe. The same can be said for home decor.Coral continues to make it’s presence known in every category of home decor this season. I’ll confess, I've always had a bit of an obsession with coral and have used it for years. I became a huge fan of this color when I chose coral as an accent color with black and muted aqua for my butter yellow dining room. And I’m thrilled to see how it has surged in popularity!

Coral is such an inviting, refreshing color that has a mysterious edge. It's not quite pink, neither is it orange, but it's somewhere in between. It can be very bold, but also some shades are soft and feminine. One thing you do know is that this color can be seemingly breathtaking and it’s everything your home needs to create interest without living with an in-your-face hue. 

Coral comes with an extra benefit.The rosiness of this color is very flattering to all skin tones and will add a youthful glow to your complexion. I don't know about the rest of you but I can use the help!!

Don't make the mistake of thinking that coral can only be used in a coastel home. Also referred to as salmon, peach, apricot and melon, coral can range from a vibrant reddish-pink to a soft terra cotta and it can be used anywhere.Coral can complement a range of colors from Earth tones to pastels. 

Can you now picture it in your home? Well if you are still unable, take a look at these images and you may be inspired!!

Chinoiserie wallpaper and fabric by Thibaut. I love this wallpaper....imagine it on the wall behind the photo below!!!

I love to use shades of purple with coral.

Another of my favorite color combinations, coral and green. The pair of vases ties these colors together perfectly.

Coral on the red side.

Coral with strong undertones of orange makes a striking contrast with blue. 

Coral works equally well with classical  or more modern interiors.

Beige and coral look perfect together, and make a tender color mix that relaxes the eye

A softer shade of coral is usually called salmon.

This beautiful painted piece gives just the pop of color this room needs.

Gorgeous antique bed  accessorized with  modern fabric covered pillows.

Sometimes a dash of coral packs a punch!

Coral and red are great paired together. Just make sure you get the perfect shades of each or it can go south in a hurry.

You can see how this white sofa, is energized by adding coral curtains behind it.

Using the color coral in a room instantly adds warmth, energy and vibrance to the decor.

Beautiful coral Duncan Phyfe (1768-1854) Recamier Sofa with Winged Paw Feet

Coral is a mixture of orange, pink and red. These hues can be mixed with intense saturation, creating a bold and vivid coral, or they can be toned down for a more subdued, muted shade.

If you don’t want to make a move that is overpowering, try adding a coral accent in any room like coral curtains, cushions, chandelier, chest of drawers, or whatever pleases you.

Shades of coral look lovely when paired with beige, cream, tan and gray. Coral helps reinforce the warm undertones of hues like beige and tan.

And what better way to bring summer into your home than with shades of coral? This beloved color is a combination of hues like orange, red and pink.

What a wonderful tufted headboard.....made even more perfect  in coral.

For design enthusiasts not wanting to commit to painting the entire room (such as renters unable to change the color of the walls), coral accents are effectively powerful.

Sometimes just one big pop of coral can light up an entire room.

There are so many shades of coral to choose from as seen here and in the photo below. They run from soft peachy to vibrant watermelon.

Sometimes more salmon, sometimes more rust, coral brings a touch of warmth to a room, yet it can also be the perfect bold statement.

This space pairs coral with aqua and yellow to create a sophisticated color palette.

Existing somewhere between the 2011 Pantone color of the year, Honeysuckel, and Pantone’s 2012 pick of Tangerine Tango, shades of coral run the gamut from vibrant pinks to sultry oranges.

In this type of color scheme, the cool and neutral colors are typically used as primary and secondary colors, saving brighter hues like coral as accent colors.

Bright and cheerful. This room has a Palm Beach Chic look about it.

From coral accents to coral walls, take note of the design strategies you see below, and remember that this stunning shades wears well all year round.

This is a great medium tone color if you are wanting to use color in a small room like a powder room and have fear of it being too dark.

Energize a neutral room with a coral accent wall or accessories like curtains, accent pillows, lampshades or area.

What a pretty headboard. White pops against coral as you can see from this image. Use a few patterned pillows and viola!, instant chic.

Yellow and turquoise work well with vibrant coral walls.

Here is an image of my dining room with coral accents. The wall are a bit more yellow than shows up in this picture. This room always makes me feel happy and I attribute that to the pops of coral.

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Lisa Farmer
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